A floor tile sealer keeps the surface sealed and protected for some time. The lifespan of the sealer depends upon the quality of the sealer and also on the way the surface is cleaned and maintained. If you have used a marble sealer on your marble tile and are wondering about how long it will remain put, then you need to know in-depth about the types of marble sealers available to ascertain its lifespan.
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Most stone experts recommend sealing your marble surfaces every 3 to 6 months depending upon the type of sealer used. There are two types of sealers most frequently used to seal marble surfaces – Water-based sealers and epoxy-resin sealers.
Types of Marble Sealers Available and their Pros and Cons:
These are thin impregnating sealers made from water and resin. They deliver a transparent covering to the marble surface. These sealers are designed in such a way that they enter the pores of the permeable marble stone tile and cover the pores inside.
- Easily penetrate the marble stone surface
- Form a protective barrier on the marble tile, thereby shielding it from stains, moisture and dirt.
- A sealed marble tile does not encourage mold or mildew growth as it does not let moisture remain in its pores.
- Water-based sealers wear off within a few months, making the surface vulnerable to staining and mold formation frequently.
- As these have to be used frequently, water-based sealers actually mount up your marble maintenance costs.
These are thin and natural-looking impregnating sealers made from epoxy and resin. These enter the pores of the porous marble tile and shut the pores. They form a protective barrier on the top, shielding the marble from stains, moisture and dirt.
- Easily penetrate the marble stone tile.
- Form a protective barrier on the marble surface, thereby protecting it from water, stains, and dirt.
- Deliver a clear, transparent and natural-looking surface.
- A double coat enhances the sheen of the stone.
- These do not wear off within months, but actually provide protection to the stone for years altogether.
- Once applied, these stay put for years to come, putting an end to your marble maintenance woes.
- This can be costlier than water-based sealers, but these are a one-time expenditure.
How do I know if my Marble Surface has a Sealant or not?
To know whether any marble surface is sealed or not, you can do a small water test on the surface. Pour a few drops of water on the marble. If the drops appear like big droplets on the surface, then it is proof that the sealant is intact. If the water seems to penetrate inside the marble stone and does not form droplets, then it is an indication that the sealant has worn off.
So, if you have used a water-based sealer, calculate the time when you applied it to the current time to know whether it has worn off or not. You can also do the liquid droplet test to know if your marble is sealed or needs resealing.
Next time, it is better to invest in a clear-resin topical sealer that will provide prolonged protection.
Best Marble Sealer:
Celine from pFOkUS is a tile enhancer and a sealer that imparts a glossy shine to the tile. Celine is a clear topical solvent-based epoxy grout marble sealer that creates a hydrophobic surface while penetrating deep into the marble tile and grout. Celine also gives a very sleek and natural appearance unlike other low quality sealers which are very bulky. It forms a protective barrier on your marble surfaces, preventing the grease and sticky stains to settle.
Here is How you can Seal your Marble Stone with Celine:
- After you have thoroughly cleaned the surface using tile floor cleaner, you need to wipe it with a soft rag. Ensure that there is no dampness and the surface is completely dry.
- Next, you need to apply an even coat of Celine on the surface. You can use an applicator if you need to spread it evenly. The first coat will dry to a semi-gloss finish.
- Allow Celine to dry for 48 hours before exposing it to moisture.
- You can check with a small water test after 48 hours. You will notice that the water will remain like droplets on the surface unlike before application of this natural stone sealer – Celine, when the water used to get absorbed quickly.
- After 48 hours, you need to apply the second coat. Apply it patiently for 1-5 hours and you will see a very high gloss sheen of the stone.
This is the right way to seal marble stone tile. Do not use any water-based sealers as they do not give long-lasting results.